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Google to end Chrome support on some older Windows versions

Google says that it will end Chrome support on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems in early 2023. It’s reported that Chrome 110 will be the last version supporting both of these two old Windows versions. 

Google Chrome version 110 will roll out on February 7, 2023. The decision stays in line with Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 extended till January 10th, 2023.

“With the release of Chrome 110 (tentatively scheduled for February 7th, 2023), we’ll officially end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You’ll need to ensure your device is running Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases,” says Google on its support page.

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Google to end Chrome support, will it work afterward?

Ending the support won’t mean the browser won’t function. Google Chrome will continue to work on the said Windows versions. But the browser won’t be eligible for any future updates from the company which could keep it vulnerable on security grounds.

“If you are currently on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, we encourage you to move to a supported Windows version before that date to ensure you continue to receive the latest security updates and Chrome features,” Google’s support page reads.

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Microsoft is also ending support for older Windows versions

On the other hand, Microsoft is stopping its support for Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Update) and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023. But just like Chrome, computers running on Windows 8.1 will continue to function, but they won’t receive any technical solution from the company.

Microsoft says users have the option to upgrade to the later versions of OS without the option of getting any future ESUs. “While you could continue to use a PC running Windows 8.1, without continued software and security updates, your PC will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. We recommend upgrading to a version of Windows that is still supported. A new device that can run Windows 11 makes for an easy transition and a great experience,” Microsoft’s FAQ page says.

For all, an upgrade to Windows 11 OS is the best solution to ensure getting frequent security updates and technical support from Microsoft.

Are you considering an upgrade to the latest Windows version to receive future Chrome support and updates? Let us know if you need help upgrading your computer in the comments below.

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